11/13/2006 12:00AM

Marina Market should relish classic distances


* Hunsa won a maiden race on the turf at 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 1, and the 3-year-old filly is bred top and bottom (Tx2) for turf. By the international star Swain, she is out of the Dayjur mare Digitalize, a half-sister to grass star Awad.

* Two days before Pine Island was humanely euthanized after breaking down in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, her 4-year-old half-sister, Chili Cat (Storm Cat), won a one-mile allowance. Pine Island and Chili Cat are out of Matlacha Pass, who was retired after winning 2 of 3 starts. Matlacha Pass is a full sister to last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff winner, Pleasant Home, as well as multiple stakes winner Country Hideaway.

* Two freshman sires had back-to-back winners on Nov. 3. Successful Outlook, a 2-year-old filly from the first crop of champion sprinter Orientate, won the Tempted Stakes at one mile, and Wishing Wishes, a 2-year-old filly from the first crop of Arkansas Derby and Jim Dandy Stakes winner Graeme Hall, won a six-furlong maiden race. Orientate and Graeme Hall are off to a quick start at stud and their offspring should continue to progress as sprinter-milers.

* Day Pass easily won the Nashua Stakes on Nov. 3, and while he has impressed in his only two starts, his pedigree suggests he has distance limitations. By Five Star Day, who had blazing speed inherited from his sire and grandsire, Carson City and Mr. Prospector, he is out of a Relaunch (by In Reality) mare and should be most effective up to 1 1/16 miles. Runners from this sire line develop much faster than their contemporaries, who usually catch up to them at 3.

One colt who should be better at age 3 stretching out in distance is Sightseeing, who finished second to Day Pass in the Nashua. By Pulpit, he is out of the Pleasant Colony mare Resort, who finished second in the Coaching Club American Oaks behind Jostle and ahead of Kentucky Oaks and Mother Goose Stakes winner Secret Status.

Churchill Downs

Mesawmi, who won a one-mile optional claimer on turf on Nov. 1, is yet another runner by Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid who is excelling on grass. From a stakes-winning and -producing Darby Dan female family, Mesawmi is bred top and bottom (HTx2) for turf, being by hidden turf sire Lemon Drop Kid and out of a mare by Cure the Blues.

* One of the better freshmen sires this year is Jump Start, the Saratoga Special winner who was injured during the 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Some members of his first crop have shown glimpses of brilliance, such as Jump on In. On Nov. 2, Gun It, a 2-year-old colt by Jump Start out of the Iron Courage mare Come on Louise, won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race by 6o1/4 lengths at 12-1.

* Trainer Michael Matz continues to have a super year. In addition to Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, Matz also trains Round Pond, runaway winner of the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Two days before the Breeders' Cup, Matz saddled Sangrita, a 3-year-old filly, to win the one-mile Chilukki Stakes. By Mr. Greeley, Sangrita is a half-sister to stakes winner Offlee Wild, and their dam, Alvear (Seattle Slew), is a half-sister to Dynaformer.

* Unbridled Sidney has always had an affinity for the Churchill Downs turf course, and on the day before the Breeders' Cup, she scampered to a front-running victory on the grass, scorching five furlongs in 56.08 seconds and paying $21.20. By speed influence Unbridled's Song, whose offspring are as good on grass as they are on dirt, Unbridled Sidney is out of the Danzig mare Baltic Sea, making her a half-sister to outstanding sprinters Caller One (Phone Trick) and Prospect Bay (Crafty Prospector). This female family also produced champion sprinter Kona Gold, and traces in tail-female line directly to the legendary broodmare Grey Flight.

Hollywood Park

Trained by Neil Drysdale, Hit and Hope, a 3-year-old gelding making his belated career debut, won a six-furlong maiden race on Nov. 3. Hit and Hope is by the hot speed influence Five Star Day out of a mare by another speed influence, Air Forbes Won, giving Hit and Hope an SPx2 pedigree. His fourth dam happens to be a half-sister to Sun Colony, the dam of Pleasant Colony.


Three-year-old colt A. T. Kinson, who had been away from the races since a fifth-place finish on April 15 at Gulfstream Park, returned with a flourish for trainer Graham Motion to win a nine-furlong maiden race that was originally scheduled for turf but was switched to the dirt. By A.P. Indy, A. T. Kinson is out of the Fappiano mare Run for Lassie, and is an example of the Rasmussen Factor, or RF (inbreeding to a superior female through individuals within five generations). A. T. Kinson is inbred 3x3 to the influential broodmare Lassie Dear, the second dam of both A.P. Indy and Run for Lassie. A. T. Kinson is also a half-brother to Comely Stakes winner Madison's Charm, and Run for Lassie is a half-sister to stakes winner Bite the Bullet and stallions Outflanker and Shuailaan.